GOOD MORNING: The PG-13 rating for “A.I.” is “fine,” Haley Joel Osment told me Wednesday. “It’s questionable,” he said, “whether younger children would be able to get all the meanings. They’re not prepared for it.” We were talking to Haley (who turned 13 on April 10) while he and his family were in a limo heading toward JFK, ready to return to L.A., following Tuesday’s preem at the Ziegfeld (see p.19). I had last spoken to Haley and his dad Eugene when they were in Poland shooting “Edges of the Lord” in which he plays a Jewish child victimized in the Nazi occupation. He is hidden with a Catholic family. Osment understood that story as well: “I knew a lot about that, and about World War II. And I heard similar stories when I was there (in the Polish location). It was very interesting taking part in a movie which is part of history.” His father emphasized that he and his wife would not allow Haley to be in any inappropriate film. They consider the low-budget ($6-7 million) “Edges” as important as the “under-$100 million” “A.I.” for Steven Spielberg. “Edges” bows at the Taormina fest, then San Sebastian and Toronto. The U.S. release by Miramax is not yet skedded. Nor is Osment scheduled yet for another film. He laughingly told me he’d like to do an “action movie — maybe play a villain; I’ve never done that.” He’ll summer vacation (he’s never been to camp), then returns to school and yes, he definitely wants to go to college. While Kathleen Kennedy told me she believes Haley would make a wonderful film director, he told me he’ll wait to see what subjects further interest him when he goes to college. He is obviously a very bright young man. His dad says, “If Haley still loves acting at the age when he can decide on his own, then he certainly can and will continue.” Osment, pere, sat at the side of Spielberg during filming of Haley’s scenes in “A.I.” and Osment compliments the director — as a concerned parent. He say Steven “was very concerned about showing the important story of love between a parent and child” … Haley admits acting in front of blue screens was “sometimes difficult; it took a lot of imagination.” And he demonstrated that he and Spielberg have plenty of imagination … Steven winged to D.C. after the preem and at 6 ayem Wednesday was on the set of his “Minority Report,” shooting a crucial scene between Tom Cruise and Max Von Sydow in the Willard Hotel. Jack Valenti was invited to visit and set-sided with Spielberg, noting “It’s such a pleasure to watch a genius at work.” It was a reunion for Valenti with Cruise, whom he had visited on the London set of “Eyes Wide Shut” along with Nicole Kidman. Valenti’s wife Mary Margaret had also written an article on Kidman for McCall’s when Tom and Nicole were still married.
BROTHER ACT IN BULGARIA: Antonio Sabato and Michael Sutton, who played brothers on “General Hospital,” wing to Sofia this weekend to begin UFO Films’ “Hypersonic,” an international jet race thriller — from Paris to Buenos Aires. Adam Baldwin costars. In L.A., Sutton is partnered with John Kim in the hot Hollywood Canteen, a new favorite spot for Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, David Spade, Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell, etc. … Real-life sisters Katharine and Jennifer Kramer play sisters in Henry Jaglom’s “Shopping,” shooting in L.A. The girls are daughters of the late Stanley Kramer and Katharine is the godchild and namesake of Katharine Hepburn (“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”) … Dawn Wells, alumna of “Gilligan’s Island,” and producer of CBS’ “Surviving Gilligan’s Island,” assures us that the vidfeature is complimentary to the series and “tells what really went on in our lives while the show was going on.” The ever-busy Wells then segued to director Jeff Daniels’ feature “Super Sucker,” playing the spokesperson for a vacuum cleaner company. And she now stars in the Hollywood, Fla., production of “Always … Patsy Cline.” “I always wanted to do a show outdoors,” Wells laughingly told me — as they were rained out two nights … Crystal Bernard made her B’way bow Tuesday, taking over for Reba McEntire in “Annie Got Your Gun”; confirming outta town reviews, Bernard hit the B’way bull’s eye, and won a standing ovation — and the applause of the party at Elaine’s hosted by Marlo Thomas and husband Phil Donahue. Guests included Tony Thomas, Crystal’s fella.
STARS ARE LINING UP to decorate Stuart Weitzman’s stiletto shoes to benefit breast cancer research. The shoes will be displayed in the Weitzman stores on Madison Ave. and Rodeo Dr., Sept.-October. Swarovski crystals are donated for the decorator-stars. So far these celebs are shoe-ins: Mena Suvari, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Helen Hunt, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Mary Hart, Liz Smith, Katie Couric, etc. … Universal Records’ Steve Leeds got final figures for his MS Walk, named “Walk For Wendy” in honor of his wife who has the disease: $53,000 … Michael Eisner was at Jamie Masada’s Laugh Factory where he caught the acts of Jay Mohr, Bob Marley and Ken Jeong. Eisner just missed Rodney Dangerfield, who got a standing ovation … L.O.Y. Entertainment set Steven Seagal and his six-member band and three backup femme singers to perform at their “Sashi Experience 2001” concert in Ocho Rios, Aug. 26. The five-day’er finale on the “James Bond Beach” will be hosted by Wyclef Jean.